asking for our help,
will we know what they are saying?
When the plants speak to us
in their delicate, beautiful language,
will we be able to answer them?
When the planet herself
sings to us in our dreams,
will we be able to wake ourselves, and act?
"when the animals" by Gary Lawless, from First Sight of Land. © Blackberry Books, 1990. Presented here by poet submission.
Art credit: Untitled photograph by Marcus & Kate Westberg posted on A Voice for Elephants, April 25, 2013. From the text: "[At the Living with Elephants Foundation in Botswana] we witnessed firsthand the strong bond between the elephant trio and their human guardians as Doug [Groves] and Jabu stood hand-in-trunk against the setting sun."